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Waka Ama 2019
A successful season of Waka Ama! We had 22 JPC Waka Ama paddlers who competed at the National Secondary School Champships at lake Lake Tikitapu in term one. We had some great results with Makayla Timoti winning gold in W1 singles, making her the top under 19 female secondary school paddler in the country. We also had 2 under 16 W1 finalists (Adrianna Gesztey and Marewa Hudson) and both the boys under 16 crew and the girls under 19 crew made 250m and 500m finals with the girls coming 9th in the top division 250m final only 0.19 seconds behind Rotorua Girls High. With 123 schools and over 1950 paddlers competing that is a fantastic effort to be 9th fastest in the country given the crew had 2 non club paddlers and 2 under 16 paddlers. What is really pleasing as well is that we have a good base of juniors coming through as well to replace our senior girls like Makayla, Hannah Hope, Maia Berryman-Kamp and Claudia Lepa who have paddled every year for their school since 2015.
A huge “Thanks” to Hei Matau Paddlers for coaching the crews, Annalee and Frank Timoti for assisting with coaching, running the base at the nationals and organising breakfasts, Michele Hudson for being our volunteer at the event and Whaea Mercia as Teacher in charge.
Another great campaign this year, Waka Ama is now an established sport at JPC and our schools efforts are recognised locally and nationally. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui, Na Eugene Berryman-Kamp – manager
He Pātaka Pūrākau April 2019
I attended the launch of the new website Te Arawa Stories Digital Storehouse – He Pātaka Pūrākau on the 28th March. The aim of the digital resource is to inspire and stimulate learners to discover more about the world of Te Arawa. A great resource to use for all age groups and am looking forward to implementing it into the year 7-10 classes.
Whaea Mercia Tawera-Thomas
On Thursday 21st February, Whaea Mercia took six senior students and travelled to Te Awamutu for the Rangiāōwhia Commemoration. There was a Powhiri and karakia to welcome the schools who attended. Staff and students listened to the significant, historical event that took place in New Zealand, the story of Rangiāōwhia shared by Moepatu Borrell. Students learned about what happened to the people of Rangiāōwhia, understanding the Te Riti o Waitangi and how promises were breeched and their ongoing fight for justice. Staff and students visited the site of the invasion, the historic St Pauls Anglican Church and the Catholic mission site. Students reflected on Why it happened? Where did the people go? What happened next? Why did the Crown fail to protect Māori land? and what might the government do now? It was a successful turnout with a growing number of schools attending and demonstrating a desire to understand and acknowledge what happened and how the iwi are moving forward positively.
45 students from years 9-13 attended the Poly Fest on Thursday 14th March in Auckland with Mr Peter’s, Mrs Hewitson and Whaea Mercia. The group departed at 5am and returned home by 6pm. The students enjoyed the entertainment from a variety of cultures showcasing their skills in cultural performances and speeches. Students were able to move between the six stages that was spaciously set up. There was also a wide range of food and gift stalls for students to explore. The trip was a success and an enjoyable cultural experience.
Year 9 Students Maori lesson: Cooking Kamokamo Parehe (Kamokamo Pizza)Term 1 Students have been busy learning the “Our Father” prayer in Maori, Pepeha, Whakapapa, Rakau game (stick game) and are absorbed in the learning of new words, verbs and nouns. They especially enjoy the learning when the focus is on kai!! Students have been practicing their new words through cooking activities.
Year 10 Students Maori lessons: Cooking Kamokamo Parehe (Kamokamo Pizza)
Term 1 Students have been busy learning the “Our Father” prayer in Maori, Pepeha, Whakapapa, Rakau game (stick game) and are absorbed in the learning of new words, verbs and nouns. They especially enjoy the learning when the focus is on kai!!
Students have been practicing their new words through cooking activities.